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Fingers at the Window (1942)

The City of Chicago is gripped by an Axe Murderer. The streets are empty at night as there have been six murders and six people have been caught, but they are lunatics. Only one person has ... See full summary »

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Oliver Duffy
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Haguey
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Fred Bixley
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The City of Chicago is gripped by an Axe Murderer. The streets are empty at night as there have been six murders and six people have been caught, but they are lunatics. Only one person has lived to tell about it and that was Edwina, who is as dumb as a brick. If it were not for Oliver, she would be number seven. When there is a second attempt on Edwina, Oliver figures that the crimes are not random and that someone is hypnotizing these people to do his bidding, but the police and Edwina are skeptical. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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axe | police | murder | actor | train | See All (31) »

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DANGER AT NIGHTFALL! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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15 September 1942 (Mexico)  »

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Dedos Diabólicos  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Lew Ayres changed his military status from "conscientious-objector" to "non-combatant" in April 1942 causing great consternation at M-G-M, which already re-shot the "Dr Kildare" film he had just completed, removing him from the cast completely. By the time this film was released, the furor had died down and it opened without incident. In fact, one reviewer noted the business was brisk, possibly because of Ayres' honesty and courage in jeopardizing his movie career for the sake of his principles. See more »

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Over the Rainbow
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Whistled by Lew Ayres (whistling dubbed by Robert Bradford)
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Nice Cast Keeps Film Moving
19 November 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Fingers at the Window (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

An unemployed actor (Lew Ayres) bumps into a woman (Laraine Day) being chased by what he appears to be a madman. The two strike up a friendship and sure enough it turns out that a man carrying an axe was after her. Chicago is under terror from a notorious axe murderer but the two new friends start to investigate what's going on and it appears there's not just one killer. FINGERS AT THE WINDOW certainly isn't a masterpiece of the genre but there are enough good moments to make it worth viewing. The film not only centers in on the thriller genre but we get some laughs thrown in as well as a romantic subplot between the two stars and believe it or not it actually works. The romantic angle usually always kills these films but you can tell Ayres and Day are very comfortable together and they know how to play off one another. There's a lot of flirting going on and it's clear the two are having fun. I do think some of the comedy falls short but it doesn't hurt the film too much. Both Ayres and Day fit their roles quite nicely and they manage to pick this thing up and carry it to the finish line even when the screenplay gets a tad bit bogged down. Ayres is extremely fast moving and that wise guy attitude he brings to this actor character was fun. Basil Rathbone plays, you guess it, the doctor who is doing the experiments to get all the murders going. It should come as no shock but the actor has no trouble with the role and manages to be very believable as the bad guy. One of the best scenes happens early on when Day is being stalked by the man with the axe and we get to watch Ayres try to save her even when she doesn't want him. This scene takes place in the dark streets and then moves up to her apartment room and we actually get some nice suspense here. I think a tighter screenplay would have helped things and the ending doesn't work that effectively but overall this is a decent little picture well worth seeing.


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